Starting Engine


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pattayapaul
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Starting Engine

Postby pattayapaul » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:23 am



I have a contant problem. My bike nearly always refuses to start with stand up, clutch engaged and in gear. Which is a pain in the backside because I have to find the neutral gear everytime.
Any ideas?



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virgilmobile
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Re: Starting Engine

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:17 am

Usually on the wings,there are 2 starter enabling circuits separated by a diode.
One circuit is the neutral switch and light.... that sound like they work OK.
The second is a switch that is connected to the clutch lever.
It has to close the contacts to complete the circuit to operate the start solenoid.
You should be able to measure the contact resistance for operation.
Also,on one wing I had,I replaced the grips with larger padded ones.This kept the lever from completely operating the switch unless I really squeezed the lever hard.
Operate the clutch lever and listen for the faint click of the neutral safety switch.It's near the pivot point.
That's the starting point.Either it doesn't always operate or is just bad.

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thrasherg
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Re: Starting Engine

Postby thrasherg » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:17 pm

As Virgin says, check the switch on the clutch handlebar housing. Remove the 2 wires from the switch, connect a multimeter and check the resistance. it should have very high resistance when the clutch lever is out (Normal driving position) and zero resistance (very low) when the clutch lever is pulled in. If it doesn't behave like that, you can try to remove the switch and clean it with contact cleaner or replace it (They are expensive for what they are, but not that bad!!). They are not very well protected so dust and muck does get inside the switch with time!!

Gary

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virgilmobile
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84 GL 1200 I

Re: Starting Engine

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:03 pm

Gary...it's Virgil.

I'm too old to be a virgin but thanks For the thought anyways :D

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thrasherg
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Re: Starting Engine

Postby thrasherg » Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:50 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Gary...it's Virgil.

I'm too old to be a virgin but thanks For the thought anyways :D


Too young to die, but too old to be a virgin!! :lol:

Gary




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